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September 19, 2007 Sacred Space in Ancient Greece Idea of the sacred o Underlying idea that world composed of two domains Profane: every day use Sacred: that which is for special use of is off limits o Sacred speech (or silence: euphemi ) Metrical (dactylic hexameter) Special vocabulary (cult titles, secret words) o Animals (sacrificial, taboo) Distinguished from herd (special markings) Not sacrificed: fish; bull generally in post-BA Greece o Space (limited access) Natural features: caves, hilltops, springs Consecrated: by mythical event; by decree Ex: ground struck by lightning Defining sacred space o Hieron (“sacred”): place or thing used for ritual (temporary, permanent) o Temenos : sacred space “cut off” from profane space o Periboulos : boundary around temenos Shrines (gods, hero cult) Horoi : icons, images that distinguish the periboulos (ex: Herms) o Social customs associated with sacred space Taboos: sex, birth, death, dirt, violence (
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